University of Texas at Arlington alumna Teris Solis has been named Arlington’s new city attorney.
Solis, 51, grew up in Arlington and has spent the past 23 years working in the city attorney’s office, handling matters ranging from contracts and economic development deals to advising the City Council and citizen boards. The City Council on Jan. 13 appointed Solis as successor to Jay Doegey, who retired as city attorney in December after 28 years.
“It was the next natural step for me after being here so long and working with Jay for so long,” said Solis, who had been an assistant city attorney since 1991. “I’m really excited and looking forward to the challenge.”
Her salary is $165,000, according to the city.
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“It is with great pleasure that we appoint Teris Solis to the position of city attorney,” Mayor Robert Cluck said in a statement. “Teris is committed to serving the citizens of Arlington and the whole City Council as our chief legal officer. She welcomes this new opportunity to help tackle the unique challenges we face as a city government every day.”
In 1986, Solis earned an honors program Bachelor of Arts in political science from UT Arlington, where she later spent four years as an instructor for the continuing education department. Solis became a private practice attorney after earning her law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1989, according to her résumé.
Shortly after a two-year stint as a professor at Texas Wesleyan University’s legal studies undergraduate program, Solis co-authored a family law textbook in 1996 still being used by paralegal programs at universities and paralegal schools throughout the country, according to her résumé.
Since 2004, Solis has been designated an International Municipal Lawyers Association’s Local Government Fellow “in recognition of demonstrated excellence in the field of local government law,” the city said in a news release.
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